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Diamond: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 4, Concerto for Orchestra
     

Diamond: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 4, Concerto for Orchestra

by Gerard Schwarz
 
Dimitri Mitropoulos loved it. Koussevitzky premiered it. The critics compared it to contemporary works by Shostakovich. In its time, the "Symphony No. 2" of David Diamond was one of the acknowledged masterpieces of American classical music. Then war ended and America was

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Dimitri Mitropoulos loved it. Koussevitzky premiered it. The critics compared it to contemporary works by Shostakovich. In its time, the "Symphony No. 2" of David Diamond was one of the acknowledged masterpieces of American classical music. Then war ended and America was overrun by European serialists and worse yet, by an infestation of its own homegrown serialists, and Diamond's "Symphony No. 2" ceased to be played and when Diamond was spoken of, it was as one of the so-called of American symphonists. But how does it sound now? In a word, it sounds great: Diamond was a terrific composer of strong-muscled and profoundly expressive symphonic music and his "Symphony No. 2" is as great as the wartime symphonies of Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Vaughan Williams, or Martinu. The depth of the opening Adagio funebre, the force of the Allegro vivo, the intensity of the Andante espressivo, quasi adagio, and the overwhelming brilliance of the closing Allegro vigoroso are as compelling as the best American symphonic music ever composed. The amazing thing is that the rest of the music on this 1990 recording by Gerard Schwarz conducting the Seattle Symphony is just as great. The "Symphony No. 4" is a probing and powerful meditation on mortality and the "Concerto for small orchestra" is bright and virtuosic. Schwarz and the Seattle played with the fervor of true believers, and while they may not be the best conductor and orchestra in the country, you'd never know it from their persuasive performances on this disc. Delos' digital sound was among the warmest and most vivid of its day and it still sounds as good as all but the best stereo recording.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/11/1992
Label:
Delos Records
UPC:
0013491309323
catalogNumber:
3093

Tracks

  1. Symphony No. 4  - David Diamond  - John Eargle  - Amelia S. Haygood  - Gerard Schwarz  -  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
  2. Concerto for small orchestra  - David Diamond  - John Eargle  - Amelia S. Haygood  - Gerard Schwarz  -  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
  3. Symphony No. 2  - David Diamond  - John Eargle  - Amelia S. Haygood  - Gerard Schwarz  -  Seattle Symphony Orchestra

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